Resides in San Francisco, CA...Is a 2006 graduate of the University of San Francisco...Was cited by Baseball America as one of the "Fabulous 50 Seniors of 2006."...Cousin, Bobby Shaw, played seven seasons (1998-2004) as a wide receiver in the NFL...Signed by Adam Virchis (Chicago White Sox).2011Opened the 2011 campaign with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and played in seven games batting .304 (7-for-23) with one home run and three RBI before being acquired by the Braves from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations on 4/15...Combined to hit .262 (119-for-454) with 32 doubles, 26 HRs and 94 RBI in 123 games between the two Clubs...Led the International League with 94 RBI, while his 26 homers ranked second in the league and his 32 doubles ranked tied for sixth...Defensively, played 90 games in right field and seven in left field and committed just two errors...Claimed organizational Gwinnett Braves Player of the Year honors after leading the Club in home runs (25) and RBI (91) and ranking second in OPS (.842) and slugging percentage (.504) and doubles (32)...Ranked second among Braves farmhands in home runs (25) and RBI (91), was seventh in doubles (28) and runs scored (67), and ninth in OPS (.834)...Was tabbed an in-season and post-season International League All-Star...Had his best month in May, logging a .345 (20-for-87) batting average with 11 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI, and a 1.003 OPS en route to being named the organization's Gwinnett Braves May Player of the Month...Batted .271 (36-for-133) with 10 HRs vs. LHPs compared to .255 (76-for-298) with 15 HRs vs. RHPs...Collected a season-high four hits on 6/4 vs. BUF and twice drove in a season-high five RBI, also 6/4 vs. BUF and 6/16 vs. DUR. Six of his final seven games in which he collected a hit, were multi-hit efforts...Hit .213 with six 2B and six RBI in 17 games for Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League.2010Hit .255 (136-534) with 20 doubles, 27 home runs and 80 RBI in 139 games in his second straight
season at Class AAA Charlotte...led all White Sox farmhands in home runs and ranked among the leaders in total bases (3rd, 239), RBI (T3rd), runs scored (5th, 74) and extra-base hits (5th, 48)...ranked second in the International League in home runs and total bases (239), fourth in RBI, sixth in runs scored and tied for seventh
in hits...also led the IL with 152 strikeouts...ranked eighth among all Class AAA players in home runs and 10th
in total bases...hit .322 (29-90) with five doubles and 12 RBI in April (22 games)...posted an 11-game hitting
streak from 7/30-8/12 (.302, 13-43).2009Hit .281 (133-474) with 31 doubles, 23 home runs and 89 RBI in 132 games between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte...led all white Sox farmhands in RBI, ranked second in runs scored (86) and total bases (243) and tied for second in home runs and triples (5)...began the season with the Barons and batted .285 (103-361) with 19 homers and 70 RBI in 101 games...was named to the Southern league mid/postseason All-Star Teams...hit two home runs and recorded a season-high five RBI on 4/26 at Mobile...named Sl Batter of the week for 6/15-21...at the time of his promotion on 8/6, ranked among the Sl leaders in runs scored (1st, 72), RBI (2nd), extra-base hits (2nd, 43) and home runs (4th)...appeared in 31 games with the Knights, hitting .265 (30-113)...went 6-41 (.146) in his first 11 games with the Knights but 24-72 (.333) the remainder of the season...appeared in nine games with the Toros of the Dominican Winter League.2008Batted .254 (104-409) with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 122 games with Birmingham...Ranked among the organizational leaders in home runs (T6th) and walks (7th, 45)...Played in eight games with Peoria of the Arizona Fall League.2007Combined to hit .299 (123-412) with 21 doubles, 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 115 games between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem...Ranked among organizational leaders in runs scored (6th, 80), home runs (T7th), RBI (T7th), walks, (8th, 43), hits (9th) and total bases (9th, 194).2006Was tabbed by Baseball America as having the Best Professional Debut among the White Sox 2006
draft class...Combined to hit .301 (69-229) with 17 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI in 66 games with Advanced Rookie Bristol and Birmingham...Made his debut at Bristol...Led the Appalachian League in walks (43), ranked second in on-base percentage (.438) and ninth in average (.308)...Reached base safely in 26 straight games from 7/17-8/12, the second-longest streak in the Appalachian League.